Betsy DeVos a Politician, Entrepreneur and Philanthropist

Betsy DeVos is an entrepreneur, a politician and the current Secretary of Education for the United States. She was born on 8th January 1958 in Holland, Michigan. She was appointed the secretary of education by President Donald Trump with Mick Zais as her deputy. Betsy DeVos went to Holland Christian High School, a private school in her hometown. She also graduated with a bachelor’s of arts degree in business economics at the Calvin College in Michigan. She founded the Prince Corporation which deals with supplying automobile parts in Holland Michigan. DeVos’ involvement in politics started in college. She was elected to serve as the delegate for Michigan Republican Party from 1986. She was also the Republican National Committeewoman for Michigan from 1992-1997 and the Michigan Republican Party’s chairwoman from 1996-2000.

 

Her family has been actively involved in the Republican politics having donated over 17 million dollars to political committees and candidates since 1989. DeVos stated that she expects the Republican Party to use the money in promoting policies of honesty, respect for human rights and the good governorship. She is an investor and serves on the board of Neurocore an organization that helps people with brain disorders such as depression autism and anxiety attacks get better through biofeedback treatment methods.

 

The DeVos family founded the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation in 1989, an organization whose objective is to support, grow and develop justice, leadership, education and the community at large. Through the organization, the DeVos family has contributed over 139 million dollars to charitable organizations and cases. The organization has funded medical research, hospitals, Christian schools, and evangelic missions. Forbes named the Foundation number 25 in the America Top givers list in 2015. Most of its donation goes to Christian organizations and schools. DeVos believes that private and charter schools should open up to other students in order to provide parents and children the opportunities to study in these schools. She states that this is possible through giving financial assistance to these schools.

 

From 1999- 2004, the foundation has donated 59.7 million dollars to public schools, 8.6 million to Christian private schools and 5.2 million to charter schools across the United States. DeVos was appointed as a board member of Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in 2004 by President George Bush. While on the board she financed a center to educate the board of directors and the arts managers on ways to fundraise and manage their institutions. This program was later called DeVos Institute of Arts Management. The family contributed 22.5 million dollars to fund this program in 2010. In 2003 the DeVos founded the All Children Matter PAC to give education vouchers, private schools scholarships, and tax credits to businesses. She is part of the board of Foundation for Excellence in Education. A foundation built to help American children reach their potential through education.

 

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